Hand In Hand, Kemptown Brewery Co. Ltd

Hand In Hand, Kemptown Brewery Co. LtdHand In Hand, Kemptown Brewery Co. Ltd
Hand In Hand, Kemptown Brewery Co. LtdHand In Hand, Kemptown Brewery Co. Ltd
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

33 Upper St. James's Street, Kemptown
Brighton, England
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1273 699595 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The “other” of Brighton’s well known Beer Bars, but unlike the Evening Star (see BeerFly), this still retains its status as a Brewery Tap. However, in this instance, the Hand-In-Hand does advertise itself as such. For it is home of the Kemptown Brewery, quite literally “home”, as it boasts that it is, and I quote, “the smallest Pub in Britain with its own Brewery”. Interior is a little unorthodox, but still warm and welcoming. A quite small interior is festooned with a variety of exhibits that are definitely not brewery memorabilia, witness the ceilings artwork! Can get busy on a night and in the height of the summer holiday season.
Its regular beers include 3, or 4, from Kemptown, including a strong beer called SID, which stands for Staggering In the Dark. Apart from its own beers, it also has a couple of beers from the Badger Brewery including the once legendary but now muted Tanglefoot, as well as a brace of Guest Beers. Serves Lunchtime Meals, which like the beer, represent very good quality and real value for money in what can be an expensive place during the Summer months.

Like the Evening Star, the Hand in Hand has also been the recipient of many Awards from the local CAMRA Branch, also including, Pub of the Year for the region.

Not that far from the Beach, so if you get all hot and bothered whilst lucky enough to be sunbathing during the 42 hours in the year that England actually gets Sun, you can quickly sneak off for a Good Pint!!!

Jan 04, 2003
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harpus from Alabama

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

This place is a short walk from the Brighton Pier and Brighton Beach Area. This place was smaller then what I expected, but I like the atmosphere of the place. I went in and asked if they served food becasue it was classified as a brewpub, but they stoped serving food about six years ago. They had 2 of there own beers on tap and the others were guest beers from HB and Baddger. They gave me a sample of the two house brews so that I could see which one I liked better. For a pint it was on 2.5 pounds. The two beers that I tried were OK. One had a weird after taste and the other tasted fine but was a little weak on flavor. The manager said that two more beer where in the process of beening brewed. If in the area it is atleast worth a stop.

May 02, 2007
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wl0307 from England

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Visiting this brewpub two weeks ago. This is bearly my second time to visit this pub, and the first one being four years ago simply for a stamp on the South Downs Ale Trail Passport! This time the purpose was not much different, to be honest, and the weather was just great for a nice day out in Brighton~~

The exterior has changed from white paint to mustard yellow as I could recall. The interior hasn't changed a bit, with very loud, abnormal decoration of men's ties, 19th-century nudity photos as well as German ceramic jugs hung on the ceiling, old ceramic cider jugs arrayed by the front main window, plenty of yellowish old newspaper-cuttings serving as natural wall-papers, side-sofas and randomly-arranged small round tables and stools, a silent TV (playing Wimbledon tennis match b/w gigantic Federer and nostalgic Henmen), '80s music, a multif-unctional pub computer-game machine plus a very old jack-pot machine right in front the entrance... you get the picture... A large pebbled section of, say, 200-year-old wall right next to the main bar is exposed recently during refurbishment, I was told, and really gives a feel that this building itself testifies history of this old part of Brighton. In fact, this brewpub IS the oldest brewery in the Brighton area.

The beer range is not bad. Being a brewpub with brewing equipments squeezed on the first floor, all three house brews are dispensed literally by gravity and served on four handpumps out of eight, with the rest serving guest ales from regional small breweries plus one Badger's beer, Tangle Foot. Two pleasant surprises for lager drinkers: Hacker-Pschorr Weizen and Munchner-Gold are both on tap, plus two HB lagers contract-brewed by the Badger Brewery. Plus quite a few bottled beers in the fridge, it guarantees that every drinker should find something to his/her taste. The house brews are in very good condition (well they're brewed upstairs aren't they??), but honestly speaking, they need a lot of revamping before even wishing to compete with the other(previously) Brighton-based microbrewery, Dark Star.

The pub's lively and much-loved atmosphere is naturally grown out of the interactive relationship b/w the brilliant, utterly friendly bar staff and plenty of locals who are seriously open-minded and willing to engage in any kind of conversations any time one's prepared for it, without giving one the "League-of-Gentlemen"-like macabre or coldly-local atmosphere.

All in all, this is definitely one of the best true gems with real character in the large Brighton area. Just like Evening Star, Basketmaker's Arms, Lord Nelson, any real ale trip to Brighton wouldn't be complete without a visit here. Highly recommended!

Jul 09, 2006
Hand In Hand, Kemptown Brewery Co. Ltd in Brighton, GB2, United Kingdom
Brewery rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 1 ratings